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Louisiana opens the season by hosting non-conference rival Bowling Green on Friday night. Louisiana opens the season by hosting non-conference rival Bowling Green on Friday night.

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: High octane offense prepares for lift-off at Louisiana Video included

By all accounts this isn't the same Louisiana football program that won just two games and gave up 40 or more points in six of its eight losses last season. The page in the first chapter of the Greg Purdum era as head coach has been turned. More>>

Flyin' High: QU women's soccer looks to maintain winning ways Video included

The QU women's soccer team starts it search for a ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth at Grand Valley State on September 5. The QU women's soccer team starts it search for a ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth at Grand Valley State on September 5.

They have become the envy of most inside the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Over the last eight years the Quincy University women's soccer program has made eight straight trips to the NCAA Tournament. More>>

Pending sale of Quincy Gems moves closer to concluding Video included

With the deadline to commit to the Prospect League for the 2015 season now less than two weeks away progress continues between the Quincy Civic Center Authority and a potential buyer of the Quincy Gems. More>>

Lynn shines as Cards complete sweep of Reds

Lance Lynn beat Cincinnati for the third straight time, Jhonny Peralta hit a bases-clearing double and the St. Louis Cardinals topped the Reds 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. More>>

Jackson's struggles continue as Cubs fall to Giants

Jake Peavy pitched seven solid innings in his fifth start with San Francisco, and the Giants rolled past the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday, hours after they won a protest regarding a rain-shortened loss from the night before. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Simonson returns to coach Sangamo bound Pittsfield Video included

Former Saukee head coach Curt Simonson has returned to the sidelines to start the program's first season in the Sangamo Conference. Former Saukee head coach Curt Simonson has returned to the sidelines to start the program's first season in the Sangamo Conference.

The landscape of Pittsfield football has changed dramatically, where former Saukee head coach Curt Simonson returns to the sidelines to start the program's first season in the Sangamo Conference. More>>

Cards top Reds on Jay's walk-off hit by pitch

Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. More>>

QND Golf: Raiders embark on state championship mission Video included

QND returns all but one golfer from last season's squad in its attempt to win a state championship. QND returns all but one golfer from last season's squad in its attempt to win a state championship.

With one tournament in the books and several more on the way the Quincy Notre Dame boys golf team has unfinished business on its 'to do' list this fall, a season they hope ends with a state championship for the first time in 16 years. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Battled tested West Hancock determined to bounce back Video included

The Titans had seven underclassmen start on both side of the ball in 2013. The Titans had seven underclassmen start on both side of the ball in 2013.

It's no longer a time for transition at West Hancock where Travis Cook takes the sidelines for his second season as head coach with a team that brings back a majority of its starting line-up and an imposing physical presence. More>>

Monday's Area Scores: QND golf wins in Peoria

**High School Boys Golf**(Peoria Notre Dame Invitational, 20 teams)1) QND - 313 More>>

Quincy High volleyball looks to regain Western Big-6 reign Video included

Senior Taylor Houghton says she's excited to see Quincy High's potential play out this fall. Senior Taylor Houghton says she's excited to see Quincy High's potential play out this fall.

Some things change while others stay the same.For the Quincy High volleyball team the norm is success. Year in and year out the Blue Devils consistently win 30 matches or more, and more times than not, they finish at the top of the Western Big-6. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Bushnell and West Prairie join forces as the Sparclones Video included

Bushnell-West Prairie head coach Roy Gully III looks on at practice in Sciota as his team gears up for the first season under a new co-op. Bushnell-West Prairie head coach Roy Gully III looks on at practice in Sciota as his team gears up for the first season under a new co-op.

The Bushnell and West Prairie programs inked a co-op deal this off-season, along with a unique mascot combining the Spartans and Cyclones into the Sparclones, beginning a new chapter of football between two schools in search of success. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Commitment proves Macomb is ready to bounce back Video included

Macomb's schedule is one of the more difficult small school slates in Illinois with a trip to Limestone on tap to kick off the season. Macomb's schedule is one of the more difficult small school slates in Illinois with a trip to Limestone on tap to kick off the season.

As the rain fell and the lightning struck in Macomb on Saturday morning Bomber football coach Kelly Sears spent more than an hour in film session showing various areas in which his team can get better, and the receptive players are ready to prove that last season won't repeat itself. More>>

QND's Tallman commits to Missouri State Video included

QND senior pitcher Justin Tallman pledged Missouri State on Saturday. QND senior pitcher Justin Tallman pledged Missouri State on Saturday.

For the second time in roughly four weeks a Quincy Notre Dame player has decided to join the NCAA Division I ranks. More>>

Macomb's Rigg earns premiere assignment at LLWS Video included

Macomb's Bob Rigg will ump behind the plate at the Little League World Series on Sunday. Macomb's Bob Rigg will ump behind the plate at the Little League World Series on Sunday.

The Bob Rigg story just continues to get better and better. The Macomb umpire has earned a chance to call balls and strikes at the Little League World Series on Sunday night. More>>

NEMO football teams go under the lights as the regular season nears Video included

Hannibal's Shamar Griffith breaks through for a big gain during Friday's jamboree at Porter Stadium. Hannibal's Shamar Griffith breaks through for a big gain during Friday's jamboree at Porter Stadium.

Northeast Missouri kicked off the high school football season on Friday night. Well, kind of. A week before the season officially begins a number of area teams played in jamborees to prepare for the real thing. More>>

Upward Bound? Veterans look to provide spark to QU football Video included

Quincy University kicks off the season in less than three weeks when they visit Lindenwood-Belleville. Quincy University kicks off the season in less than three weeks when they visit Lindenwood-Belleville.

The Quincy University football program is hard at work with the focus on now, as opposed to what happened last season.The Hawks will begin the 2014 campaign in less than three weeks while attempting to snap a four-game losing streak. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Rushville/Industry turns to new guidance to ignite program Video included

Rushville/Industry opens the season in two weeks when Havana comes to town. Rushville/Industry opens the season in two weeks when Havana comes to town.

There's a sense surrounding the Rushville/Industry football that a new beginning could be the remedy for a revival. The keys to the Rocket ignition have been handed over to first-time head coach Jon Hebb as the program tries to regain a positive direction.


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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Keokuk turns the page to begin playoff search Video included

Keokuk will kick off the season on August 29 when Central Lee invades Calvert Stadium. Keokuk will kick off the season on August 29 when Central Lee invades Calvert Stadium.

Keokuk's 2013 season may have ended with a win but the excitement of beating its biggest rival was tempered a bit with the reality of a finish without a spot in the postseason. It's very apparent the Chiefs plan for an opposite conclusion this year.


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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Sizable advantage to lift Fort Madison Video included

Fort Madison opens with a visit from West Burlington/BND on August 29. Fort Madison opens with a visit from West Burlington/BND on August 29.

Football can sometimes be a game of inches, or a case of missed opportunities. For the Fort Madison football program it's been the latter, especially the last few seasons as in-game mistakes have troubled the Hounds. This fall they hope to take better advantage of those chances. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: QND turns to 'old fashion' style to try and extend playoff streak Video included

QND opens the 2014 campaign with a trip to reigning Class 4A semifinalist Rockford Lutheran. QND opens the 2014 campaign with a trip to reigning Class 4A semifinalist Rockford Lutheran.

Fresh off advancing to the Class 4A quarterfinals last fall the Quincy Notre Dame football team got another taste of an extended postseason. But that also motivated this year's squad to not take for granted their string of success - in hopes of an even deeper run this fall. More>>

Gems cap off 'amazing run' with Prospect League championship Video included

**Prospect League Baseball**(Championship Series)Quincy: 3Chillicothe: 1 More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Camp Point Central driven by unfinished business Video included

Brad Dixon works with the Panther defensive line during drills at practice in Camp Point. Brad Dixon works with the Panther defensive line during drills at practice in Camp Point.

With game breakers and work horses returning under the command of head coach Brad Dixon, expectations remain high at Central where the Panthers most potent weapon is a collective mindset to never be satisfied. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Quincy High out to prove last fall was no fluke Video included

Quincy High begins its pursuit of another playoff run when United Township visits Flinn Stadium on August 29. Quincy High begins its pursuit of another playoff run when United Township visits Flinn Stadium on August 29.

Quincy High may have lost the program's all-time leading rusher and a linebacker who's now playing NCAA Division I football, but as head coach Rick Little points out, the cupboard is far from bare. And this year's squad has a goal of exceeding last year's historic run. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Brown County anchored by strength in trenches Video included

The Brown County Hornets are on a run of ten consecutive trips to the postseason. The Brown County Hornets are on a run of ten consecutive trips to the postseason.

Despite graduation losses to several key position players, Brown County will reset behind a strong, veteran front line and the consistency of an established program that hasn't missed the playoffs in a decade. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Budding talent has Unity-Payson in playoff pursuit Video included

Unity-Payson is banking on a veteran-led offensive and defensive line to push the Mustangs to their first playoff appearance since 2010. Unity-Payson is banking on a veteran-led offensive and defensive line to push the Mustangs to their first playoff appearance since 2010.

As short handed as the Unity-Payson football program is when it comes to a wealth of experience they have budding talent looking to make their mark following a 2013 campaign which nearly ended with a spot in the postseason.


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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Elite speed, dynamic roles key to Illini West potential Video included

With just one playoff win in the last three seasons Illini West is determined to return to its elite tradition, and the weapons making a return to the Chargers lineup have the potential to make it happen. With just one playoff win in the last three seasons Illini West is determined to return to its elite tradition, and the weapons making a return to the Chargers lineup have the potential to make it happen.

With just one playoff win in the last three seasons Illini West is determined to return to its elite tradition, and the weapons making a return to the Chargers lineup have the potential to make it happen. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Confidence on the rise for reloaded Leathernecks Video included

An off-season of growth will be on display for the Leathernecks who return a total of 16 starters this fall. An off-season of growth will be on display for the Leathernecks who return a total of 16 starters this fall.

The Western Illinois Leathernecks enter their second season under head coach Bob Nielson constructing the framework of a program that could make its presence felt in the Missouri Valley Conference very soon. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Monroe City crashes Class 1 with wave of returning starters Video included

Excitement is riding high around the Monroe City football team heading into the fall, where the Panthers will break into Class 1 with nearly every starter back in the line-up under second year head coach David Kirby. Excitement is riding high around the Monroe City football team heading into the fall, where the Panthers will break into Class 1 with nearly every starter back in the line-up under second year head coach David Kirby.

Excitement is riding high around the Monroe City football team heading into the fall, where the Panthers will break into Class 1 with nearly every starter back in the line-up under second year head coach David Kirby. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Knox County aims to push forward with talented seniors Video included

Knox County was on the cusp of a break through season in 2013, and with a talented senior class returning to the field, the Eagles are planning on taking bigger strides this fall. Knox County was on the cusp of a break through season in 2013, and with a talented senior class returning to the field, the Eagles are planning on taking bigger strides this fall.

Knox County was on the cusp of a break through season in 2013, and with a talented senior class returning to the field, the Eagles are planning on taking bigger strides this fall. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Hannibal's motivation extends beyond the football field Video included

Hannibal head coach Mark St. Clair is in a fight off the field after his wife Mary Ann was diagnosed with cancer earlier this summer. Hannibal head coach Mark St. Clair is in a fight off the field after his wife Mary Ann was diagnosed with cancer earlier this summer.

The Hannibal football team is sure to end up on the winning side of the scoreboard more times than not this season. However, they're already winners off the field. The Pirate seniors are sporting mohawk's to support head coach Mark St. Clair and his family.


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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Speed to lead Palmyra's bid for success Video included

Palmyra is eager to show its speed, athleticism, and a revamped group up front this season. Palmyra is eager to show its speed, athleticism, and a revamped group up front this season.

Attend a Palmyra football practice and the last word you'll likely hear is rebuild. In fact, it's more of a reload in Panther country. Fresh off one of the more successful seasons in program history, Kevin Miles' team is hungry for more.


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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: South Shelby poised for CCC title run Video included

With key senior playmakers returning to the South Shelby line-up, the Cardinals are in a rare position to make a run for the Clarence Cannon Conference title. With key senior playmakers returning to the South Shelby line-up, the Cardinals are in a rare position to make a run for the Clarence Cannon Conference title.

With key senior playmakers returning to the South Shelby lineup the Cardinals are in a position to make a run for the Clarence Cannon Conference title. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Clark County looks to 'Trump' the competition Video included

Clark County is banking on experience to try and rebound from a 5-6 season a year ago. Clark County is banking on experience to try and rebound from a 5-6 season a year ago.

With plenty of graduation in the Clarence Cannon Conference there's only a few teams that have experience on this year's roster. One of those is Clark County who's mission is to climb to the top with more than a dozen players who are game ready.

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GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Mark Twain reloads with valuable experience Video included

The Mark Twain Tigers enter their first season in the EMO Conference with almost every single starter back in uniform. The Mark Twain Tigers enter their first season in the EMO Conference with almost every single starter back in uniform.

Despite a winless campaign in 2013 the Mark Twain Tigers come into their first season in the EMO Conference with a sense of confidence, returning nearly every starter on both side of the ball. More>>

GRIDIRON PREVIEW: Highland energized behind new coaching staff Video included

Highland will attack with a wide open offense under new head Coach Mason Swisher. Highland will attack with a wide open offense under new head Coach Mason Swisher.

First year head coach Mason Swisher has taken the reigns of a struggling Highland football program and has the Cougar locker room believing that anything is possible. More>>

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